“Da Bears” Foil Packers’ Historic Night

first_imgGREEN BAY, WI – The Thanksgiving Day stage was set. It was the night the Green Bay Packers were to retire Number 4 – the numeral donned by their iconic quarterback, Brett Favre.To make the evening extra-special, the aiiling Bart Starr, who led the Packers to wins in the first two Super Bowls ever, fought back from illness to make it to Lambeau Field- the Packers’ home – in order to give Favre a warm embrace.Moreover, Favre received a nod from current Packers’ QB sensation Aaron Rodgers, as the Lambeau fans wildly cheered the team’s two most recent superstars’ hug.So when the first quarter ended with the Packers leading their historic rivals, the Chicago Bears 7-0 courtesy of a 25-yard pass from Rodgers to running back Eddie Lacey, the script was on track.Except, someone forgot to tell the Bears they were supposed to roll over and be the Packers’ patsies.In a solid performance by the Bears’ underrated defense, and a consistent night by quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears held off Rodgers and the Pack the rest of the way en route to a 17-13 upset.Chicago’s versatile running back Michael Forte made a notable if unspectacular return, keeping the Bears in the game, as rookie RB Jeremy Langford continued his stellar debut season by scoring a touchdown.Rodgers brought the Pack back in the final seconds, and it all came down to the final play – but Rodgers could  not covert. The Bears held on to win 17-13 and claim an important stake in the two teams’ iconic rivalry, on the marquee Thanksgiving Day stage.This legendary battle will endure, but the 2015 contest goes to the team from the Windy City.  Well done, Bears. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Juergen Klopp wants Liverpool to be in championship mode in 2018-19 season

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants Liverpool to be more clinical and be in a championship mode throughout the 2018-19 season.Klopp said Liverpool’s reinforced squad must build on their ruthless form from last season if they are to challenge defending Premier League champions Manchester City for the title.Klopp has made four big money signings, adding goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and winger Xherdan Shaqiri, giving supporters genuine optimism ahead of the new campaign.But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: “We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.”We have to be more consistent. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.”We have to be in a championship mode. We jump into the water and we dive until we don’t have oxygen anymore. That’s the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will (challenge more) – but that’s not how it is.”Klopp accepts the pressure ahead of Sunday’s opening match against a much-changed West Ham United but said his team will also need a change in luck if they are to catch last year’s runaway champions City.”Someone gave me the unluckiest team article,” Klopp added, referring to a study released this week that said Liverpool dropped the most points last season, 12, in matches affected by wrongly disallowed goals or incorrect decisions.”You ask me about the gap with City. We had three points from City and they had three points from us. It’s about losing them in other games.”advertisementKlopp said there could be further departures from Anfield, with the transfer window still open for major leagues in Spain, France, Italy and Germany.”The window is only one way closed so we cannot buy any more but we can sell not in Premier League – but it is clear things will happen,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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